Hot gene tech, new laptop and a phishing attack
The tech world is always interesting and this week is no different. We run down a few hot items we found - we haven't done a Tech Five in some time. So click on through, and make sure you check out this week's bonus. You may find it 'a-peeling' - and sorry about the other puns in that report. Click on and enjoy.
Microsoft launches new laptop
The new Surface Laptop is hitting the market and while Microsoft has targeted the education world, this laptop has some interesting features for all. It comes with Windows 10 S, but you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro for $49 (free until the end of the year). It's a slick machine that could be a game changer for Apple Mac Air owners since the Surface Laptop has a touch screen. Tech Republic offers a "smart person's guide" to the Surface Laptop. Check it out.
End of the land line?
9to5Mac is reporting that the percentage of people with smart phones only in their homes has, for the first time, surpassed those with landlines. It's been coming for some time, but does represent a shift in how we connect. The report looks at numbers form the Centers for Disease Control - and the website explains why CDC did the study. But suffice it to say, landlines were found in less than 50% of respondents' homes. Check out the report.
Tablet sales tank
Remember when winning an iPad was a big deal? What about a Samsung tablet? The days of the tablet being a must-have machine may be ending. The website PYMNTS.com is reporting on new data from the International Data Corporation that shows "slate tablet" sales are down 8.5% in year over year numbers in the first quarter for 2017. When everyone has an iPad who needs to buy an iPad? However, sales of "convertibles" which are tablets with keyboards, are still growing. Check out the report on tablet sales.
Google phishing scam update
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You may have heard about the Google phishing attack. You may even have seen the emails. The Verge digs in on the issue and offers more information about what happened, and walks through the hack itself and how it worked. Interesting stuff, and it offers you some insight on how to protect yourself in the future. Learn more about the Google phishing attack.
...and your bonus
Bluetooth enabled extensions for smartphones aren't uncommon. One of the first provided an old-style handset you talked into while you were on your smart phone. But we found an interesting new idea - the Banana Phone. The website That's Nerdalicious has their own take on the idea, but the company is just getting started. It does plan to share some of its profits with a group that helps protect gorillas - get it - gorillas, banana phone - there's a connection. (Ouch)